Our approach

Our work is guided by seven fundamental principles, which means people receiving cash from us can trust that we’re neutral, impartial and independent

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Find out more about the fundamental principles.


We believe people affected by crisis should be at the centre of humanitarian response and empowered to recover with dignity. When the conditions are right, receiving cash gives people more choice to direct their own recovery and prioritise their needs.


We champion an approach that is as local as possible – as international as necessary. Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies are often the first to respond in an emergency. By strengthening their capacity to deliver cash independently, we are working towards reaching more people, more quickly, with more appropriate forms of aid.

Working together

We are committed to working collaboratively with others, and towards collective goals such as the Grand Bargain commitments on cash. Strong partnerships with governments, academia, the private sector and other humanitarian agencies are essential to delivering more efficient and effective cash assistance.

Our Strategic Framework

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s Strategic Framework will guide our work between 2018-2020. Our vision is that ‘Crisis affected populations meet their humanitarian needs in a sustainable, culturally appropriate and dignified manner’.

Cash conference: 'Towards Transformation'

On 13th September 2018, the British Red Cross convened a Cash Conference on behalf of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, guided by the theme ‘Towards Transformation’. Read the report or watch the recordings of the different sessions to find out more about the themes that emerged on the day and their contribution to the global debate on the scale-up of humanitarian cash transfers.

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